insider mid-century tour of scottsdale.
Explore Iconic Buildings by Frank Lloyd Wright & Notable Valley Architects
Want an insider look at some of the best mid-century modern architecture in Phoenix and Scottsdale? Local expert Ace Bailey will be your guide as you explore iconic Valley buildings. As the owner of Ultimate Art & Cultural Tours and a part of the talented concierge team at Hotel Valley Ho, she loves to share Scottsdale’s rich culture and architecture. Read on to learn more about this special architecture tour available for groups, by appointment.
The day kicks off with an abbreviated Magical History Tour of Hotel Valley Ho’s incredible architecture and Hollywood past. Up next is a behind-the-scenes look at the Garden Apartment District next to the hotel, where you’ll get to see inside a cool, mid-century modern townhome that was featured on the Modern Phoenix Home Tour. Savor lunch at local favorite Postino Highland, housed in a stunning mid-century building that previously housed a bank.
While many people have visited Taliesin West, the winter home and architecture school of the late Frank Lloyd Wright, few have seen the Price House in Paradise Valley. Completed in 1955 for a favorite client of Wright’s, it is the largest house he built in Arizona, complete with a swimming pool, stunning views and a masterful courtyard. Enjoy an extensive walking tour of the home and grounds.
You’ll also get an insider’s driving tour of several notable mid-century gems, which may include the Triangle Building by prolific Valley architect Ralph Haver (1962), Frank Henry’s dendriform-column bank (1968), the Christian Science First Church by T.S. Montgomery (1962), Villa Monterey by Dave Friedman (1961-67), and Frank Lloyd Wright’s last residential project, the Lykes House (1959).
Tours are available for groups from two to 10, by appointment. Your booking includes transportation and a donation to the Price House to help preserve Wright’s legacy in the desert. Tours must be booked in advance, at least two weeks’ notice is recommended. Please call the concierge at 480.376.2600 to setup your tour.
9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. | $1,400 (flat rate)
plus $25 per person for lunch (includes a glass of wine + gratuity)
9 a.m. to noon –or– 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. | $700 (flat rate)
includes Hotel Valley Ho, Garden Apartment District + Price House